Indian lawmakers voting to elect next president


At the all-party meeting convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged leaders to reach out to MPs and MLAs of their respective parties to ensure that "not a single vote goes waste". Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also voted in the UP Assembly.

Kovind is also scheduled to garland the statue of Buxi Jagabandhu and meet BJP MLAs and leaders at the party's legislature party leader K V Singhdeo's residence before leaving for New Delhi. Once the voting is done, all the paper ballots will be brought to Lok Sabha where the counting begins before announcing the result on Thursday. The meeting lasted about an hour, a legislator said. He underlined that 40 political parties have come out in support of Kovind which shows the growing clout of NDA.

Clash of ideologies! For BJP, Kovind will win comfortably and for Congress, Meira Kumar is the best choice for president post. Just ahead of the presidential elections 2017, NDA president candidate Ram Nath Kovind paid a visit to BJP-ruled states to thank his fellow party members for their unconditional support. The electoral college - comprising 4,896 voters, including 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs - elects the President through the system of proportional representation. The Assistant Returning Officers will also furnish an account of the total votes cast in their states. "We six MLAs have cast our votes in favour of Ram Nath Kovind". But the battle must be fought and fought hard. The voting is done through a secret ballot. The Presidential polls have total votes of 11,04,546 votes.

Serial-numbered pens with violet ink have been supplied by the EC.

WITH just ten days to go before President Pranab Mukherjee's term expires, the stage is set for the voting in presidential election on Monday for a poll that is tilted in the favour of the ruling BJP-led NDA coalition.